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Some days have themes. I don't necessarily post something in each of these topic areas every week.

Sunday: Church-related or spiritual things.
Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

22 July 2011

Reuse Those Creative Juices

One day a couple of weeks ago, I was waiting for a bus (of course) and thinking about how I wished that there were a list of reusable things and suggestions for what to do with them. I already reuse things as much as my limited imagination will allow, and generally take the extra step of thinking about reusability when buying something, but I don't really have a go-to list of not only things that I should reuse, but also extra ideas for when the previous ideas have been exhausted.

So I decided to make one.

These are not very reusable. :(
You can find my list under the 1001 Ways to Reuse tab at the top of the page. There aren't really 1001, because I have found/thought of that many yet, but I have about 200 on there. The page needs work; I'd like to make each category a link that jumps down the page to the appropriate spot, but I don't know how (and I'm not sure that you can do that in Blogger, anyway). 

Some things on the list are redundant, since an old sheet and an old towel, to name but one example, have more or less the same uses. Some things are a bit silly, because we all need some fun in our lives. Most of them are either things I've done myself or that friends have done. Suggestions are, as ever, welcome; full credit is promised when I add your suggestion to the list.

Now, go forth and reuse! And today's question: What is your favourite reusable item? What do you do with it (if it isn't obvious)?


Anonymous said...

Pop tabs go the the Canadian Legion cause they save them up and cash them in for wheelchairs....bread bag clips get saved cause they break so easily and it's nice to have a replacement...I have a friend who collects Tim Hortons coffee cups and uses them to start trees in, when she plants them she just slits down the cup and plants the tree cup and all...We save any plastic grocery/store bags for diaper disposasls when our grandkids come....I guess we're really not all that good at repurposing.

Liz said...

There is a way to do a link that jumps you down the page. I'll have to look for that link and post it later.

Su said...

@Delores: No, those are all great! I would never have thought of starting a plant in a coffee cup, which I guess is kind of dumb since I think you can start a plant in everything else.

@Liz: Very cool, thanks!

Anonymous said...

This is a really great list! I would also suggest selling books (and buying them) on half.com. I haven't bought a single new book in FOREVER, and I'm saving so much money by doing so!


Su said...

Excellent suggestion! Glad you liked the list.

Liz said...

I had a chance to look up that link. There are several tutorial sites that show how to do this, so this isn't the only link.

First, when you're on the composing page, click on the tab that says "Edit HTML". Then follow the instructions on how to make an internal link (such as at http://www.yourhtmlsource.com/text/internallinks.html).

Hope this helps.

Su said...

Thanks for coming back with the link! I'll try it & see what happens.

Liz Fichera said...

I reuse my paper shopping bags from Trader Joe's until they're practically threadbare. Also, it kills me when stores but one item in a plastic or paper bag. How hard is it to carry one item?

Su said...

That annoys me, too. I've been known to shriek "NO!" as they reach for the bag. This usually gives them a bit of a fright, so I can grab the item and run. ;)

Gabrielle Evelyn said...

Good idea.

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